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Think Tanks Stock Up on Bush Admin. Veterans

By Ed O'Keefe
Henrietta Holsman Fore
Henrietta Holsman Fore, returning to the board of trustees of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, is seen here in her role as director of the U.S. Mint on June 6, 2005. (Photo by Jim Graham)

The revolving door swings again as some former members of the Bush administration have walked out of government and into the think tank industry, joining the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Council on Foreign Relations.

Former USAID administrator Henrietta Holsman Fore will rejoin the CSIS board of trustees, a panel she left in 2001 to join the Bush administration. She held several positions, most recently serving as USAID administrator and director of U.S. foreign assistance from Nov. 2007 until the end of Bush's term. Fore was one of several Bush-appointed diplomats who received political briefings from Karl Rove and his deputies. She was previously the State Department's undersecretary for management and director of the U.S. Mint from August 2001 to August 2005.

CFR has also picked up some Bush administration veterans and a former Clinton era official.

James M. Lindsay will return to the New York-based group as its director of the studies program, having previously held the job from 2003 to 2006. He served as the National Security Council's director for global issues and multilateral affairs from 1996 to 1997. In a 2004 Washington Post op-ed, Lindsay wrote "that as a pre-Cold War institution operating in a post-Cold War world, the United Nations is not up to the task of handling the most pressing security challenges." He replaces Gary Samore, who's joining the Obama administration as White House coordinator for weapons of mass destruction and arms control.

Bush's former deputy national security adviser Elliott Abrams will serve as a CFR senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies. Perhaps best remembered for pleading guilty in 1991 to withholding information from Congress in the Iran-contra affair, he held several positions at State during the Reagan administration and once served as an aide to Sens. Henry M. Jackson (D-Wash.) and Daniel P. Moynihan (D-N.Y.).

CFR also recently hired Evan A. Feigenbaum, a Bush-era deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, to serve as a senior fellow for East, Central, and South Asia. Paul Lettow, a former State Department senior adviser for democracy and global affairs and law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, will join CFR as a an adjunct senior fellow.

By Ed O'Keefe  | March 10, 2009; 4:10 PM ET
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